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Melber on Trump’s self-pardon claim: Pardons are for criminals

Melber on Trump’s self-pardon claim: Pardons are for criminals

06/04/18 07:56PM

Trump’s lawyers now argue that Presidents cannot commit the crime of obstruction, as Trump floats the idea of pardoning himself in the Mueller probe. Bush Ethics Chief Richard Painter tells Ari Melber Congress must investigate the Trump administration, rather than “wait for Robert Mueller”, as Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggests Trump could ... watch

Rob Reiner and “The Mooch” debate Trump’s lies

Rob Reiner and “The Mooch” debate Trump’s lies

06/01/18 07:57PM

Actor Rob Reiner and former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci join Ari Melber to discuss Trump’s campaign promises and his record in office. Reiner presses Scaramucci on Obamacare and reports Trump has made over 3000 false or misleading claims since taking office. watch

Yo! MTV Raps takes over Fallback Friday

Yo! MTV Raps takes over Fallback Friday

06/01/18 07:56PM

Legends from MTV hip hop show: “Yo! MTV Raps”, Doctor Dré and DJ Skribble takeover fallback Friday on The Beat. Doctor Dré says Roseanne needs to fall back after her divisive comments comparing ex-Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an “ape” and DJ Skribble calls out the board of education system for failing students with learning disabilities. The... watch

Liz Plank: Cohen "makes Tony Soprano sound like Mother Theresa"

Liz Plank: Cohen "makes Tony Soprano sound like Mother Theresa"

06/01/18 07:53PM

Explosive audio recordings of Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen bring new focus onto Cohen’s role as a “fixer” for Trump. Vox Executive Producer Liz Plank tells Ari Melber the recording makes Cohen sound more like a “mobster” than a lawyer and Trump biographer Gwenda Blair highlights the important influence of Roy Cohn on Trump, from whom Trump... watch

Trump insider: He lies for fun, doesn’t even realize he's doing it

Trump insider: He lies for fun, doesn’t even realize he's...

05/31/18 07:55PM

Trump’s Art of the Deal co-author Tony Schwartz joins Ari Melber to discuss the escalation of Trump’s deceit. Schwartz says Trump used to have “a sense of humor about his lies” but today, “he believes what he is saying” even when it is proven to not be true. watch

Listen to tape of Michael Cohen making threats for Donald Trump

Listen to tape of Michael Cohen making threats for Donald Trump

05/31/18 07:51PM

NPR releases audio recordings of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen threatening Daily Beast reporter Tim Mak. The Daily Beast’s Betsy Woodruff tells Ari Melber that Cohen’s threats turned out to be “toothless” and publishing the story that Cohen was trying to prevent “worked out fine” for both the reporter and the publication. watch

How a Trump pardon in collusion case could be a crime

How a Trump pardon in collusion case could be a crime

05/31/18 07:48PM

Trump signals a willingness to pardon people who lie to investigators with his latest pardon of conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who was convicted of campaign finance violations. Ari Melber breaks down how the people who Trump has chosen to pardon fit a pattern; they have been convicted of the same crimes that his aides and associates are... watch

How Trump uses trolling as political warfare

How Trump uses trolling as political warfare

05/30/18 08:16PM

Comedian Roseanne Barr’s recent comments comparing ex-Obama aide Valerie Jarett to an “ape” have drawn attention across the political landscape. Ari Melber breaks down how Trump trolls America and traces the roots of political trolling in the Trump era. watch

Trump could be  'laying  a mattress' for firing Sessions

Trump could be 'laying a mattress' for firing Sessions

05/30/18 08:13PM

Former federal prosecutor Kenneth White tells Ari Melber Trump could be "laying a mattress" for firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as Trump claims he wishes he had not picked Jeff Sessions for the job. The New York Times reports Trump asked Sessions to “retain control” of the Russia probe after his recusal. The Weekly Standard’s... watch

Michael Avenatti slams Michael Cohen lawyer’s 'buffoonery'

Michael Avenatti slams Michael Cohen lawyer’s 'buffoonery'

05/30/18 08:11PM

Michael Cohen’s lawyer rips Michael Avenatti’s media blitz, as a Judge tells Avenatti to stop his “publicity tour” if he wants to be heard in court. Avenatti responds on “The Beat”, defending his “approach” and claiming he’s on a “truth tour”. watch

Michael Avenatti: 'I know for a fact' Cohen has a tape of Trump

Avenatti: 'I know for a fact' Cohen has a tape of Trump

05/30/18 08:08PM

Prosecutors in the case against Michael Cohen are piecing together shredded documents from an FBI raid of Cohen’s home and office. Michael Avenatti tells Ari Melber he has personal knowledge the Trump is “on at least one” of Michael Cohen’s audio recordings. Avenatti also asserts that he will be demanding that any audio recording of his client... watch

How the Pusha T-Drake feud reveals the key to 2018 midterms

How the Pusha T-Drake feud reveals the key to 2018 midterms

05/29/18 07:52PM

Donald Trump tweeted about the 2016 election, hours after White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway says they “don’t want to talk” about the election. Ari Melber breaks down how Democrats "may need a stronger message than re-litigating the past” in upcoming elections, as the Pusha T-Drake feud illustrates. watch

Weinstein accuser: Hollywood’s 'pure violence' against women

Weinstein accuser: Hollywood’s 'pure violence' against women

05/29/18 07:52PM

Harvey Weinstein accuser Natassia Mathe and her lawyer Gloria Allred join "The Beat” as Weinstein’s lawyer says her rape allegation against Weinstein is “absurd”. Mathe describes a Hollywood culture supporting Weinstein that embodied “pure violence” against women. Allred responds to Weinstein’s lawyer’s defense, noting it’s possible to be... watch

Mueller turning up the heat on Roger Stone, Wikileaks

Mueller turning up the heat on Roger Stone, Wikileaks

05/29/18 07:51PM

Bob Mueller has reportedly questioned associates of longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, as Wikileaks responds to Stone’s alleged intermediary with them, Randy Credico, telling Ari Melber that Julian Assange is “ready” to interview with Rep. Adam Schiff. Watergate Prosecutor Nick Akerman tells Ari Melber there may be a sealed U.S. Indictment for... watch

Rev. Sharpton: Roseanne tweet shows Trump 'normalizing' racism

Rev. Sharpton: Roseanne tweet shows Trump 'normalizing' racism

05/29/18 07:50PM

ABC has cancelled popular sitcom Roseanne after the show’s star compared ex-Obama aide Valerie Jarett to an “ape” on Twitter. Rev. Al Sharpton tells Ari Melber that “we didn’t learn anything new about Roseanne” from her comment, but “we learned our power if we resist” thanks to ABC’s swift cancelling of the show. watch

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 Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber provides in-depth analysis of the day’s biggest news stories.